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The ASBW Awards for Great Britain and Ireland open for entry at midnight on 31 December 2017 and close to entries at midnight on 31 January 2018.   Entries will need to have been first published or broadcast between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. 

Changes to the ABSW Awards for 2018

European Science Writer of the Year - British entrant:

In previous year's the British entrant for this award was selected by nominations received.   In 2018 individual journalists will be able to enter for this award, the judges will select the British entrant from the entries received.


Our guidelines have been amended to refer to STEM throughout to make clear that the awards are for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.   

2018 Key Dates

All entries must have been first published or broadcast between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 inclusive. 

Open to entries: Midnight 31 December 2017

Close to entries:  Midnight 31 January 2018  

Shortlist announced: Mid to late April 2018

ABSW awards ceremony (winners announced): May 2018 (details tbc)

About the Awards

The ABSW’s science writers' awards ran continuously from 1966 to 2007, with the support of a variety of sponsors.  Over these years the awards became the "Oscars" of science writing, and served as a model for similar schemes all over the world. With support from Johnson & Johnson Innovation the ABSW re-established the awards in 2010 and through their continued support the Awards are now secure into the future.  The Royal Society, IOP publishing and the Institute of Physics, Good Thinking, NUJ/Stephen White Bequest, the Dr Katharine Giles Fund and Richard Gregory have also supported the Awards enabling additional categories and prize money. 

The ABSW’s awards aim to reward excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics journalism and writing and are judged by a panel of credible and respected judges.

Seema Kumar, Vice President, Enterprise Innovation and Global Health Communication, Johnson & Johnson, explains why Johnson & Johnson Innovation sponsor good science writing.

The 2018 Awards

In 2018 the following awards are open for entry (prize money is given in brackets):

The best feature (£600)

The best news item (£600) - NB: this award is open to broadcast as well as print journalists

The best scripted/edited television programme or online video (£600)

The Royal Society Radio Prize (£600) (NB: A prize for the best scripted/edited radio programme or podcast)

The best investigative journalism (£600)

The NUJ Stephen White Award for best communication and reporting of science in a non science context (£600).  This Award is made in memory of Stephen White, a highly influential science communicator who sadly died in 2010.   The Award is possible due to a donation from Stephen’s widow Elizabeth.

The Dr Katharine Giles science blog award (£600).  This Award is supported by the Dr Katharine Giles Fund. Scientists winning this award will be offered a one day media skills training course run by the Royal Society and funded by the Dr Katharine Giles Fund.

The best newcomer award (£200) 

The best student science journalist (£200). Scientists winning this award will be offered a one day media skills training course run by the Royal Society and funded by the Dr Katharine Giles Fund.

European Science Writer of the Year - British Entrant. The winner of this award will be the British entrant for the European Science Writer of the Year Award

European Science Writer of the Year (£600). This award is made through nominations from all European Science Journalism Associations.   Each association is asked to put forward one nominee for this Award.   

Lifetime achievement awards are granted in some years by the ABSW Executive Board. There is no cash prize associated with this award.  This award is not open to individual entry but is through nominations made by the ABSW membership.  

Links to key information

Entry guidelines and entry form 2018 

Entry guidelines European Science Writer of the Year and entry form for European Science Journalism Associations making nominations

Make a nomination for the Lifetime Achievement award

Previous winners


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